Jack Nicklaus won two U.S. Opens on Baltusrol (Lower), setting a tournament record each time. Phil Mickelson and Jimmy Walker won PGAs on it. But Baltusrol Lower’s most historic event was the ace by architect Robert Trent Jones in 1954 on the par-3 fourth, instantly squelching complaints of critical club members who felt Trent’s redesign made it too hard. Trent’s younger son, Rees, an avowed A.W. Tillinghast fan, lightly retouched the Lower’s design for the 2016 PGA Championship. But there has been another changing of the guard at Baltusrol, as architect Gil Hanse and his team took over as the club’s new consulting architects, and re-opened the restored Lower course—after carefully examining Tillie's old plans and reclaiming green size and rebuilding bunkers—in May 2021. The results will be part of our next 100 Greatest.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966. Highest Ranking: 15th, 1985-1986 Current Ranking: 45th.
Best in State: Ranked in Top 5 in New Jersey since 1977. Current Ranking: 2nd.